by Malcolm Gladwell
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
What makes good people do bad things?
- Melissa Dittmann
In this article from the Monitor on Psychology, researcher Melissa Dittmann explores the circumstances that drive people to commit immoral acts.Pair “What Makes Good People Do Bad Things” with “The Tipping Point” and ask students to discuss what elements contribute to social problems. How do the opinions of Malcolm Gladwell compare to Melissa Dittmann? How can the causes of the social problems discussed in both texts be improved?
Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference” Speech
- Elie Wiesel
In “Elie Wiesel’s ‘The Perils of Indifference’ Speech,” the Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards the suffering of others.Pair “The Perils of Indifference” with “The Tipping Point” and ask students to discuss how the two texts suggest controlling social problems. How do Elie Wiesel’s opinions on improving crime and violence compare to Malcolm Gladwell? What do their views have in common and how do they differ?